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Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro)

Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro)
Renewables (Wind, Solar & Hydro)
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The demand for increased diversity of renewable energy continues to grow as traditional sources of energy diminish. Renewable energy, offering alternative and sustainable solutions to traditional energy sources, presents a vast number of opportunities, challenges and risks for businesses, governments and non-government agencies.

Whether responding to regulatory and legislative requirements, assisting traditional energy companies investing and diversifying in renewable sources of energy or contributing to the development of and transition to sustainable energy resources, Blakes renewable energy specialists have the necessary expertise to counsel on all aspects of renewable energy business operations, investment, finance, regulation and innovation.

As one of Canada’s leading power groups, the Blakes team is highly experienced in all renewable energy fuel sources and has represented clients in many of the largest and most high-profile projects in Canada, including solar PV and thermal, wind, hydro and biomass projects. Relying on our breadth and depth of power expertise, clients often consult us for focused and practical legal advice regarding deployment of renewable energy generation, carbon management, supply chain, cleantech infrastructure projects, Feed-in Tariff program participation, and structuring and responding to requests for proposals.

With offices across Canada, our experienced practitioners are available to advise clients in the various provinces where they operate. Industry participants across the spectrum of renewable energy alternatives come to Blakes because of our notable successes and our unrivalled experience handling the unique legal and regulatory issues they face.

Developers, owners, purchasers, lenders, investors, contractors, suppliers and other service providers all retain Blakes for counsel throughout project development, from pre-development, siting, environmental review, acquisition, financing, permitting and construction through operation and ultimate disposition.

Working collaboratively with our pre-eminent Finance, M&A, Corporate, Environmental & Aboriginal, and Regulatory lawyers and other specialized practitioners, we provide comprehensive advice on M&A deals, joint ventures, collaborative arrangements, project and equipment finance, procurement, environmental restrictions, permitting and reporting, regulatory approvals, and compliance matters. Our Aboriginal Law specialists resolve issues arising from aboriginal and treaty claims, including negotiating impact benefit agreements.

With advanced technology degrees, our Intellectual Property specialists understand our clients’ renewable and cleantech technologies and are uniquely qualified to advise on complex technology development, acquisitions, licensing, protection and commercialization. Blakes also assists clients with allocating risk, responsibility, control and financial return.

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Recent Experience
  • The Desjardins Group Pension Plan on the acquisition of a portion of EDF Renewables Canada Inc.'s stake in the Cypress wind-power project near Medicine Hat, Alberta

  • Renewable Energy Trust, as Canadian counsel, in connection with the sale of its North American solar portfolio to Axium Infrastructure consisting of 84 MW comprised of eight solar generating projects (three in Ontario, two in California and three in Georgia).

  • IAMGOLD Corporation on its development of a 15MW solar power plant at IAMGOLD's Essakane gold mine.

  • Suncor Energy on the sale of its half interest in the Cedar Point II wind project to Fiera Capital.

  • ENMAX Corporation on all commercial matters relating to the development of the C$1.4-billon, 800 MW combined-cycle Shepard Energy Centre, and on a commercial joint venture arrangement with Capital Power in that regard.

  • BluEarth Renewables on the project financing of the Narrows Inlet hydro project.

  • Toba Montrose General Partnership, a partnership of Alterra Power Corp. and a Canadian affiliate of GE Energy Financial Services, in connection with its C$470-million senior secured credit facility for the construction of the 196 MW East Toba River/Montrose Creek run-of-the-river hydroelectric generating facilities, 190 km northwest of Vancouver, at the time the largest private project of its kind in Canada.

  • Dalkia, a subsidiary of Veolia, in connection with the development of two large biomass electricity projects in British Columbia, including in connection with the negotiation of a joint development agreement, EPC contracts, O&M contracts and long term fuel supply agreements.

  • Capital Power in connection with the development of its 200 MW wind farm in northeastern B.C.

  • Macquarie Power and Infrastructure Income Fund (now Capstone Infrastructure Corporation) in relation to the acquisition, development/construction (construction agreement) and financing of a 20 MW solar-generating project in Ontario.

  • Advising a developer in the negotiation of wind turbine supply arrangements for its planned 100 MW wind farm consisting of 44 wind turbines and a 40 MW wind farm consisting of 17 wind turbines in the province of Ontario.

  • Counselled a developer on its power off-take, transmission optimization, wind integration and project restructuring arrangements for its Rimrock, Glacier 1 and Glacier 2 wind projects (approximately 190 MW) in Montana.

  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. counselled the lenders (The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Canada), KFW Ipex-Bank GmbH, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Canada, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd., Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, New York Branch and Siemens Financial Ltd., in the project financing of the 272 MW Seigneurie de Beaupré wind projects, located 60 km northeast of Québec city.